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“One of the things I love about songwriting in general is that It’s framed up in a storytelling tradition,” says artist Sandra McCracken. “When songs are done well they have that power to draw you in and shine a spotlight on places you weren’t noticing before.”

This episode features songwriter and worship artist, Sandra McCracken. Sandra joined us during “Doxophilia” – a week-long exploration of worship and worship renewal. WTS alum Rev. Jonathan Gabhart sat down to discuss Sandra’s work and music’s ability to connect the church and the larger world.

“One of the things I love about songwriting in general is that It’s framed up in a storytelling tradition,” says artist Sandra McCracken. “When songs are done well they have that power to draw you in and shine a spotlight on places you weren’t noticing before.”

This episode features songwriter and worship artist, Sandra McCracken. Sandra joined us during “Doxophilia” – a week-long exploration of worship and worship renewal. WTS alum Rev. Jonathan Gabhart sat down to discuss Sandra’s work and music’s ability to connect the church and the larger world.

March 5-8

Western Theological Seminary welcomes Sandra McCracken to lead this year’s “Doxophilia” – a week-long exploration of worship and worship renewal.

Sandra will be leading chapel for the seminary community each day from 9:40-10:00The public is welcome to join us in Mulder Chapel.

On Tuesday March 5 from 7-9 PM, Sandra will host a Songwriters’ Workshop. This event is by invitation only, but if you would like to be invited, please email Dr. Ron Rienstra, professor of preaching and worship arts. There is no cost.

On Thursday March 7 from 7-9 PM, the public is invited to a concert with Sandra in the Concert Hall in the Jack Miller Center for Music at Hope College. There is no cost, but a love offering will be taken.

“Sandra McCracken’s prolific contributions as a songwriter, modern-day hymn writer, and record producer have brought grace and clarity to her soulful, folk-gospel sound. Whether in a theater or in a chapel, she is a dynamic performer who blurs the lines of what church music sounds like, captivating and inviting audiences to sing along. While many of her songs like “We Will Feast In The House Of Zion” and “Thy Mercy My God” have settled into regular rotation in Christian worship services internationally, she has also had songs recorded by All Sons And Daughters, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, Audrey Assad, A Rocha Compilation, Bifrost Arts, Caedmon’s Call and others. She is further a founding member of Indelible Grace Music and Rain For Roots (children’s music) and has been a guest writer for Art House America, She Reads Truth, The Gospel Coalition, Christianity Today, RELEVANT Magazine and more.” -from www.sandramccracken.com

Questions? Contact Dr. Ron Rienstra.

This episode features Scottish worship leader and liturgist, John Bell. Dr. Ron Rienstra sat down with John to discuss how worship and story can connect us despite our divisions.

This episode features Scottish worship leader and liturgist, John Bell. Dr. Ron Rienstra sat down with John to discuss how worship and story can connect us despite divisions.

Songwriter and worship leader Wendell Kimbrough discusses how music, and specifically singing the Psalms, can be an outlet for emotion and lament that leads to more fruitful civil dialogue within the church.

Songwriter and worship leader Wendell Kimbrough discusses how music, and specifically singing the Psalms, can be an outlet for emotion and lament that leads to more fruitful civil dialogue within the church.